This is Japanese vintage obidome of a carnelian stone in a mixed metal with most likely a low silver count, I will test it as soon as the guy replaces my silver testing fluid that did not work well. . The stone is a very beautifully facet cut and polished stone, in a lovely salmon-pink or coral color It is set in a handmade setting of decorative raised mixed metal setting, most likely a combination of silver, copper and- or nickel. This completely handmade obidome requires an obijime cord of a sanbu-himo size. The sanbu himo is 9cm wide and 2cm thick or less. Or, it can be "pinned" to just about anything. An obijime is a decorative piece worn at the waist over an obi on the kimono. An obijime cord runs through the hand formed settings on the back, then this is wrapped around and tied over the Obi worn around the waist over a kimono. If not for conventional kimono dressing, it can also be used in other ways on an objime such as a in style of a boa, or as the main pendant on a necklace. Or, it can be "pinned" to anything, including a scarf. It is a beautiful obidome in excellent condition, with one little scratch that is not noticeable unless you are looking very hard for it, or in these magnified pictures. These actually qualify as jewelry and after the category changes I asked them to add the category Kimono and Accessories, and for now thought they would look good here with the kimono which are also worn by men. I have not done it yet but the silver can be polished, taking care for the stone- or if one chooses can be left as patina. It dates to the early 1900's. It is a gorgeous carnelian obidome.
Obidome SIZE: Width x Length: .64" x 1.25" or 16mm x 32mm
Weight: 8 grams.
Obijime cord: Approx 45" in Length, 9 mm wide and 2 mm thick
Obidome 帯ドーム Obi dōmu
An obidome is a decorative item worn over the obi which is tied around the kimono. A long tie called an obijime of various materials, sizes and colors depending on the fitting size on the obidome is threaded through the two loops on the back. The obijime is then tied around to the back of the obi. Obidomes such as the ones we have are usually worn with casual kimono. For formal kimono, obidome made of jewelry such as the sterling and pearl one we have; are worn. Obidomes are beautiful items and can be carved out of materials such as wood, bone, ivory, coral or jade; or a metal fitting is made to hold the obidome cabochon stones, like those we have. In the old days of the Edo period, women would wear the samurai's katana from their swords as their obidome. At the turn of the century this became against the law, so they started making obidomes as described. I have many ideas about other things I would like to create with obidome.
The Obijime Cord or belt sash:
An obidome is a decorative piece worn at the waist over an obi on the kimono. An obijime cord runs through the hand formed settings on the back, then this is wrapped around and tied over the Obi worn around the waist over a kimono. If not for conventional kimono dressing, it can also be used in other ways on an obijime such as on boa styled necklace, or as the main pendant on a necklace. Or, it can be pinned to anything, including a scarf. A new idea I just had was to use silk Japanese material as a belt not an Obi then wrap the obidome and obijime around that. This would look great with certain outfits. So excited! Our first new/ old set of obijime came in. These age to between 20-50 years old per the seller. Some may have stains, but so far not too bad. We chose what we felt were the best fit color wise for what we have. In order to fit them on most of the obidome we had to/ will have to cut the frayed ends off, which the ladies from Japan assured me happens all the time. So, we are leaving as is an up to you whether to end-cap or fray them again! Most of them are approximately 45 long, some a few cm shorter, all of them are 9mm wide and 2mm thick. They are all silk so research and care should be taken before cleaning.
See the page on Men's and Women's Kimono and accessories on Wiki for more information.
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